Hebrew Congregation Sisterhood

At the heart of Hebrew Congregation is our Sisterhood. For over 100 years, the women of Hebrew Congregation have provided Jewish continuity through their education, social, fundraising and service activities; enriching the lives of our members, our congregation and our community.

Our activities fall under three broad categories: Family and Community Life; service to the Congregation and Fundraising. Included in the first category are our meetings which feature an array of activities, speakers on topics of Jewish interest and entertainment. Another major component of our family life is holiday celebrations. Our Sisterhood sponsors dinners for Sukkot, Purim and Hanukkah. In addition, we provide treats and meals for the children on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Simchat Torah, Passover and Purim. We also coordinate ad help cater special Oneg Shabbats and Kiddush luncheons helping congregants celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, Brits, namings and other life cycle events.

In the area of service to the congregation, we maintain the only "public" kosher kitchen within a 200 mile radius of the greater Wichita area. Sisterhood annually provides a congregational directory enabling easy contact with any and all congregants. Another area of service is to the Wichita Jewish Community School and educational facilities. Many sisterhood members have been active in the religious school as teachers, administrators and fundraisers.

A group of sisterhood women maintain a women's group for Chevra Kadisha and Sisterhood has an established Shiva Chairman who, along with sisterhood members, makes certain grieving families are provided with an initial meal following burial. Bikur Cholim is very important to Sisterhood; therefore; all hospitalized congregants are personally visited.

Sisterhood has an ongoing relationship with the Ronald McDonald houses of Wichita. We collect travel-size toiletries and pull-tabs as a year-round project. The toiletries are available to the families arriving in Wichita with sick and injured children, many of whom arrive without any personal hygiene products. Ronald McDonald recycles pull-tabs for cash to help purchase basic essentials for the houses. Every year, around Hanukkah, Sisterhood embarks on a drive to encourage donations filling the needs of a wish list provided by Ronald McDonald house.

The fundraisers of Sisterhood are varied. Our library/resource center is supported by Sisterhood fundraising and maintenance efforts. We have several on-going projects and periodically add special events to our calendar. We are a sponsor of the Jewish Community Calendar which is produced each fall and includes all the Jewish holidays, candle lighting times and scheduled events within the larger Jewish community. It also affords people an opportunity to commemorate special occasions.

Our annual donor event held early in the year gives our members an opportunity to make an annual gift to Sisterhood. Sisterhood's "200 Club" is an additional way Sisterhood raises funds. Purchase of one or more numbered ping pong balls puts those numbers in a monthly drawing where 2 numbered balls are drawn with the winners receiving a monetary prize.

Our gift shop is an ongoing fundraiser and service project. Our gift shop is an excellent source for all things Jewish. Available for purchase are our own cookbooks, Traditionally Yours and Traditionally Yours II, two compendiums of favorite recipes from Hebrew Congregation cooks throughout the generations.

Perhaps the most important role our Sisterhood has played in the life of Hebrew Congregation is in creating a sense of family. We share happy and sad occasions, we work side by side to achieve common goals and we become more than friends - - we become friends.

Hebrew Congregation Sisterhood
1850 N. Woodlawn
Wichita 67208
Lisa Klaskin, President

Congregation Emanu-El Sisterhood

Congregation Emanu-El Sisterhood sponsors and manages programs to benefit the Temple and the community, providing our female members with endless opportunities for socialization, study and personal growth.

Beginning in late summer, the Sisterhood spends countless hours preparing all the delicious foods for Congregation Emanu-El's Deli Day. Deli Day, held in November, gives hundreds of Wichitans a traditional Jewish dining experience and a delectable offering of carry-out treats.

Their annual donor event provide scholarships for children to attend Jewish camps and helps support additional events held at CE.

Sisterhood membership is open to women who are members of either Wichita's Jewish congregations.

Congregation Emanu-El Sisterhood
7011 E. Central
Wichita 67206
Leadership Circle: Sunny Levy, Mallory Medvene, Evy Gregg and Doris Weller